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View from California: Why Foundations Should Fund Health Policy Work

March 12th, 2015

Whenever I’m with other funders and we’re discussing public policy grant making, the inevitable question is, “How do you know if you’re having an impact?” or “How do you evaluate this work?” For many years, I didn’t always have the most thoughtful or engaging responses, in part because I didn’t know the answer and because […]

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Supporting Efforts to Advance Adult Dental Coverage and Access in Medicaid

February 26th, 2015

While comprehensive dental coverage is a required benefit for children served by Medicaid, the same is not true for adults. Dental benefits are optional for adults enrolled in Medicaid, and dental coverage is often among the first programs to be trimmed in tight fiscal times—most recently, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) made such a proposal. […]

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During the Affordable Care Act’s Second Open Enrollment Period, Foundations Reach Out

January 30th, 2015

With the current tax-filing season upon us now and the need for people to learn about reporting their compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual mandate, it is good to see what foundations are doing to educate people about the law, or what some call Obamacare, in general. Here are a few examples of […]

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Community Health Workers Attend Statewide Convening Cosponsored by a Foundation

September 30th, 2014

The health system in the United States is undergoing transformative changes at the local, state, and national levels. A significant part of this change is the estimated 20 million-plus people that have gained health coverage, many for the first time, through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In Kentucky, more than 520,000 people are newly insured […]

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Now That Open Enrollment Is Over, What Can Foundations Do?

April 1st, 2014

March 31 marked the official end of the first open-enrollment period for health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At national and state levels, there will be judgments about the successes and failures, and hopefully, some reaping of lessons learned for the next go-round, which starts in November. Many organizations such as mine, […]

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David Blumenthal on ACA Dates That Matter

January 3rd, 2014

David Blumenthal is president of the Commonwealth Fund. This is a slightly revised version of his blog post that orginally was published on December 23 on The Commonwealth Fund Blog. Confusion about Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadlines is rampant. That’s because there are lots of them and they keep changing. The fact is that some of […]

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What Will the ACA Mean for Children’s Coverage?

December 4th, 2013

Working with state and national advocacy organizations as well as the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), several national foundations are aiming to shape the answer to this question. While most eyes are focused on the prize of coverage for adults, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies are continuing their […]

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Peer Support Programs Offer a Golden Opportunity for Funders to Affect Delivery of Behavioral Health Services

October 30th, 2013

Funders searching for ways to improve the integration of health and behavioral health services may want to take a new look at an old idea— peer support. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes, peer support is at the foundation of recovery. And “recovery” is a concept that is growing in […]

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Report from Austin: What Effects Would the ACA Have on Texas?

March 20th, 2013

The author is associate director and senior health policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, in Austin, Texas. On March 8, while a Texas House committee held our state’s first Medicaid expansion hearing, the Center for Public Policy Priorities hosted a legislative briefing with invited presentations by researchers from Rice University and George […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff and Board News; IOM Lienhard Award to Berwick

November 21st, 2012

It’s a short holiday week. So, for some light reading, read this “people post.” You likely will recognize some of the names mentioned. Happy Thanksgiving! For more personnel news, watch for my January GrantWatch column (free access) in Health Affairs. In October 2012, Don Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, received […]

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Foundations Focusing on Oil and Gas Fracking and Its Effects on Health

November 1st, 2012

This post is partially adapted from an October 1, 2012, post on the Health and Environmental Funders Network’s blog, Giving InSight. Public health concerns are a major part of escalating philanthropic attention to oil and gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” explained below.  In just fourteen months, more than forty foundations have joined a […]

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Is Foundation Funding of Environmental Health the Answer to a Challenge to Prevention in the Supreme Court ACA Ruling?

August 30th, 2012

As a former state legislator and foundation CEO, I worry about how the majority opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius) may affect our approach to prevention programs. Funding environmental health may be the best way to go. In […]

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Foundations Finance New Design Standard For Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment

June 8th, 2012

California HealthCare Foundation was managing partner of this complex project involving several states, a federal agency, a design firm, and seven other foundations. On June 8 Enroll UX 2014, a foundation-initiated project to develop the design of a consumer-friendly, online enrollment experience for health insurance exchanges, released its final design products. This was the culmination […]

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Freeing the Data: A Revolution to Improve Health Care

December 15th, 2011

GrantWatch Blog invited Sandra Shewry, the California HealthCare Foundation’s director of state health policy, to report on an event held recently in Sacramento, California. Those working in state health agencies and foundations should be interested in this report.    Like a visiting football coach brought in to invigorate the local team, Todd Park, chief technology officer for […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during October 2011

November 16th, 2011

Check these out in case you missed them when they first came out on GrantWatch Blog. 1. “Rural Health: Report from the Kentucky Health Policy Forum,” by Susan Zepeda and Amy Watts (September 23). Once again, this post by two staffers at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in Louisville, made the most-read list. This […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during September 2011

October 12th, 2011

It’s time to let you know of the most-read GrantWatch Blog posts during September—in case you missed them when they first came out. (1) “Philanthropy People Post: Who Is Working Where, Who Has Been Appointed to a Board,” by Health Affairs Senior Editor/GrantWatch, Lee-Lee Prina (September 8). Periodically, I write a blog post focused on people. […]

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Health Reform: It’s about a Vision for Each State

October 3rd, 2011

GrantWatch Blog asked Kim VanPelt of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives (SLHI) to report on that foundation’s “Keys to Success” forum, held in mid-September in Phoenix, Arizona. The forum’s goal was to discuss the critical issues involved in creating an Arizona health insurance exchange. A public foundation, SLHI primarily works in Maricopa County (the Phoenix metropolitan […]

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Why Fund Prevention? The Rationale behind One Foundation’s Decision.

September 27th, 2011

Why did the Duke Endowment decide to select disease prevention as one of its three major funding areas in health care? Why would a private foundation invest in programs and infrastructure to prevent disease when the number of uninsured is growing and there is not enough funding available to treat people burdened with chronic disease?  […]

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People Post: Who’s Working Where? Staff Changes at Foundations

August 11th, 2011

Read below about some comings and goings at foundations around the country. Abraham Daniels has joined the Sierra Health Foundation. He is in charge of the foundation’s new health initiative that aims to strengthen the main health care safety net in the Sacramento, California, region, according to Sierra’s newsletter. Most recently, Daniels was director of […]

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Research on Medicaid: What Have Foundations Been Funding?

July 14th, 2011

Medicaid has been in the news over the past few weeks, as President Obama and members of Congress debate whether to make cuts to the federal-state program for the poor and disabled (and to other large entitlement programs) that could help reduce the federal deficit. GrantWatch Blog has gathered just a sampling of what foundations […]

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